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Not the headline Chris Myers was hoping for

So much for keeping an unpopular president at arm’s length.  Here’s the headline in today’s Atlantic City Press:

Myers looks to George Bush visit for fundraising boost

The Adler campaign offered a pretty funny comment regarding the lack of attention from the NRCC in contrast to the big bear hug from the President:

“The president is unpopular, but he is still a mega-fundraiser for the Republican Party,” Warren said. “While the NRCC (National Republican Campaign Committee) has chosen to fund candidates in 26 other districts before the Myers campaign, it’s clear the president is committed to raising big dollars for his protege Chris Myers.”

So much for sending out email invites and trying to keep things on the down low.  I think it’s safe to say the secret is out.

George Bush and the Lance-Myers New Jersey trust

Guess who’s coming to town.  They seemed to have figured out a way to make the national party pay attention enough to reach into the still deep pockets of the unpopular president:bush

Bush is scheduled to be in Colts Neck Sept. 22 for a private fundraiser for state Sen. Leonard Lance and Chris Myers.

But the Lance-Myers New Jersey Trust, which is hosting the event, has not announced the visit by the unpopular president, leading Democrats to charge that the candidates do not want to be publicly associated with Bush.

inviteI’m assuming everyone received their invitation, but if you missed the secret email, there’s a copy of it on the right – just don’t tell anyone (it’s a secret!).  I can’t say I’m surprised that Lance and Myers don’t want to have their picture taken with the President publicly, they just want his money.  

“This has become the game plan for Bush loyalists in New Jersey who want to take the money the president can bring in without getting caught on film,” said Democratic State Committee spokesman Richard McGrath. “But Chris Myers and Leonard Lance are Bush Republicans and they have the campaign cash to prove it.”

The event is being hosted by Mike Ferguson and Jim Saxton in honor of Leonard Lance and Chris Myers and the disclaimer lists the Lance-Myers NJ Trust, the RNC and the NRCC.

I had never heard of the Lance-Myers trust so I decided to look it up on the FEC site. The committee has collected no money at all.  The documents for the committee were sent Fed Ex on August 26.   The thing is, it’s not even a NJ Committee.  According to the FEC, it is a committee that is filed in the State of Virginia.  If they had used their own candidate committees, many donors would already be maxed out.  This allows them to start fresh.  How convenient.

So the next time Leonard Lance and Chris Myers tell you how independent they are from President Bush and their party, remember that out of the public eye they are desperately trying to pick up the change that is still left from his coattails.  I guess they also found another way to get some more of Jim Saxton’s money.

Rutgers study says workers falling farther behind

As we honor the working men and women this Labor Day, a new study confirms that they are struggling in the current economy:

In its first national labor scorecard, the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations said more than 10 percent of Americans are unemployed, discouraged from seeking work or underemployed. That is a nearly 25-percent increase from one year earlier.

Here are some more statistics on the state of our workforce:

— About 530,000 were subject to mass layoffs in the last year, growth of nearly 5 percent, but a lower rate than five and 10 years ago.

— The median weekly earnings for American workers have not grown in real terms over the last eight years.

— At $6.55, the federal minimum wage is worth 40 cents less per hour, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was a decade ago.

— While employer-assisted childcare and employee wellness programs have grown quickly over the last decade, they still cover less than one quarter of American workers.

— Roughly 4 percent of the workforce wants to work full-time, but is working part time because they can’t find full-time work.

You can view the whole study and the press release from Rutgers.  Just a few more facts that fly in the face of the “economy is basically strong argument” being made by George Bush, John McCain and Chris Myers. At what point do they have to acknowledge reality, if ever?

Tuesday Night liveblog: McCain is More of the Same

Gov. Janet Napolitano (AZ):

[Senator McCain] doesn’t understand how the policies he has supported and wants to perpetuate have so terribly misfired.

We cannot afford four more years of failing economics and a failing economy.

Our children can’t afford more of the same.

Our seniors can’t afford more of the same.

Our working families can’t afford more of the same.

John McCain’s good friend Phil Gramm says we’re in a “mental recession,” and that the middle-class folks worried about their futures are just “whiners.” Barack Obama knows that pursuing the failed policies of the past is no way to build America’s future.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (IL):

This election comes down to a simple question: do we want four more years of Bush-McCain or do we want the change we need?

George Bush has put the middle class in a hole and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush’s shovel.

The Walshes and families like them can’t afford four more years of playing second fiddle to the well-connected and the powerful. And our country can’t afford four more years of Bush-McCain economics.

Gov. Ed Rendell (PA):

[G]uess who voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time? Senator John McCain.

Now, as another Republican convention approaches, we are hearing more of the same

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (MD):

This November, we can’t afford four more years of the same.

Gov. Joe Manchin (WV):

[The people of West Virginia] can’t afford four more years like the last eight.

Gov. Jim Doyle (WI):

We are ready to reject John McCain’s campaign that offers nothing but four more years of the same.

older quotes below the fold

Which Is The Party Of Morality?

Bill Clinton is, as we all know, a terrible example for children and should have been put in the stocks for his terrible sexual peccadilloes.  George Bush is, of course, a good Christian man who helps our teenage girls to stay pure and good until their marriage night with abstinence only education.

At least that’s what the media and the right wing noise machine will tell us, equating the Democrats with weak morality and the Republicans with “family values.”

But the evidence rarely shows that to be the case.  Here’s more info that puts the lie to conventional wisdom:

With teenage birth rates rising nationally for the first time in 15 years, a majority of New Jersey residents worry that pregnancy among teens is a major problem in the state, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Fifteen years ago?  What happened 15 years ago, in 1993?  Oh, Bill Clinton became President and ended a streak held by George Bush the First of increasing teen pregnancy.

And he implemented programs that taught kids about HIV and safe sex, and for the rest of his term pregnancy rates continued to fall.  

It wasn’t until the good Christian and moralist George Bush the Second trashed all those safe sex programs and spent seven years telling kids they would be OK as long as they ignored those sexual urges God gave them that teen pregnancy rates began to rise again.

Sixty-one percent of New Jersey adults believe teenage pregnancy is a major problem, while 27 percent say it’s just a minor concern, and 10 percent have no opinion.

Those 61 percent probably think that the damn immoral relativist Democrats are to blame, and will consider voting for McCain over Obama.  Even though McCain cheated on his first wife and got married just a month after he divorced her.

Sigh.

Chris Christie Must Condemn This Lawbreaking: NOW!!!

 

Today’s NYT   says…

{emphasis added}


Senior aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales broke the law by using politics to guide their hiring decisions for a wide range of important department positions, slowing the hiring process at critical times and damaging the department’s credibility and independence,  an internal report concluded Monday.

 

What does all this have to do with Chris Christie?    

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Myers & Bush basically share talking points on the Economy

President Bush held a press conference yesterday to re-assure everyone just how great the economy was doing, despite the fact that it’s not doing very well at all.  One comment made by the president during his ramblings struck me as familiar, as though I’d heard it before:

I think the system basically is sound, I truly do,” Bush said

Hmm, where have I heard such nonsense before?  Oh that’s right, 3rd district GOP Congressional candidate Chris Myers has had his head in the sand regarding the economy as well:

Myers called the economy “basically strong” during an interview on 1210 AM.  

Basically, it’s time for a new talking point.  At the time, I pointed out the ridiculousness of that statement and I think the same analysis applies, possibly even more today.   Maybe Myers and Bush should read the Burlington County Times series called Tough times in County, which is examining how the economy is affecting people in Myers own Congressional District:

* Applications to the county Board of Social Services for programs such as welfare, Medicare, job placement and food stamps have increased 22 percent between May last year and this past May. Applications for food stamps increased 8 percent.

* The unemployment rate in the county for the first five months of 2008 was averaging 4.5 percent, up from an average of 3.8 percent in 2007.

* Major county-based employers Jevic Transportation in Delanco, Sybron Chemicals in Pemberton Township, U.S. Pipe in Burlington City and Sallie Mae in Mount Laurel closed or reduced operations during the past year, resulting in hundreds of layoffs.

Those are just numbers. Burlington County residents can attest to sacrifices they have been forced to make.

So exactly what part of that is basically strong or basically sound?  

John Adler urges President Bush to sign new GI Bill

(Anyone who wants to claim they support our troops should be outraged over President Bush’s willingness to send them to their deaths, but not to pay for a college degree.  (ahem, Senator McCain?) – promoted by Thurman Hart)

This morning, John Adler, our Democratic nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd District, sent a letter to President Bush urging him to withdraw his opposition to Senator Jim Webb’s Post 9/11 GI Bill and sign it into law…

I am writing to express my deep disappointment with your opposition to the 21st Century GI Bill and to strongly urge you to reconsider your position. Given your professed support for our brave veterans who have put their lives on the line for us all, it seems inconceivable that you would deny them the benefits they need upon their return home.

The Webb GI Bill will provide for free in state tuition to any public university for all armed services members serving a minimum of three years. The bill takes bases tuition off the most expensive public school in the state, which guarantees that the education is free. New Jersey alone has 3 of the top 10 most expensive public schools in the country. Also, the Webb bill provides for a $1,000 a year stipend to help pay for books, equipment, etc.

Follow me below the jump to read John’s letter to the President…  

Good News for Kids: Bush Broke The Law

I know folks who come to this site are not going to be surprised that another George Bush policy is breaking the law, but what may surprise you is that he got caught and can’t enforce his anti-child policies anymore.

The Bush administration violated federal law last year when it restricted states’ ability to provide health insurance to children of middle-income families, and its new policy is therefore unenforceable, lawyers from the Government Accountability Office said Friday.

The ruling strengthens the hand of at least 22 states, including New York and New Jersey, that already provide such coverage or want to do so. And it significantly reduces the chance that the new policy can be put into effect before President Bush leaves office in nine months.

The letter in question says that states can’t provide health insurance under the SCHIP program for families with two kids making about $53K until they provide insurance for 95 percent of kids in families making about $42K.  In essence they are saying that if you can’t find every family at $42K and make them sign up, then you can’t sign up any kid from a family who makes more than $42K.

Governor Corzine appealed on behalf of NJ, as did a bunch of other states, to overturn the decision.  It is particularly important to NJ where cost of living is so much higher than in other states, and $54K for four people doesn’t go very far.  

It ain’t over yet, and there’s still little chance that more kids will get health insurance.  The Bush Administration says they don’t care, and aren’t gonna do anything different than they currently are.

But Jeff Nelligan, a spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said, “G.A.O.’s opinion does not change our conclusion that the Aug. 17 letter is still in effect.”

Anyone else shocked?